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Long-term flood recovery discussed in Waverly

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It's been just about 4 onths since the floods of 2008 affected so many communities along the Cedar and Iowa Rivers.

While short-term recovery is ongoing, many communities are taking the opportunity to start work on long-term needs.

An open house at Waverly City Hall is meant to spur ideas on what residents want to see for their city years from now.

From an inflatable dam to dredging to even a new coffee shop, people could put their ideas on paper that will be put together for community leaders.

"We know we can't create a circumstance to the north of the city that's going to impact the people in the southern part of the city. We've got to see the whole picture and then decide what are the things we're going to invest our resources in in order to mitigate it," says Waverly resident Hank Bagelmann.

The Cedar River spilled its banks in June, damaging dozens of homes and businesses along the way.

Some are rebuilding, others are waiting to start projects until they know where the city is headed.

"I'm looking to find out what the city's doing before I finish my basement. I don't want to refinish it and in another 5 or 6 or 10 years to have it flooded again," says Waverly resident John Mackamul.

Meantime, others hope the city will work with other communities and state leaders to come up with a master plan to keep the worst from happening again.

"There's going to be millions of dollars spent. I think we all need to get together and have a combined effort to figure out something. I don't know what the answer is but there's a reason they build reservoirs to control rivers. I think we're at that point," says Waverly resident Barth Steere.

The ideas gathered at the open house will be put together and given to city leaders within the next few weeks.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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